Training it to Melbourne’s #MarchinMarch, by @jenoutwest

[clear] By Jenny Bates  @jenoutwest, 17 March, 2014 Our journey to March in March began Sunday morning on a standing room only train to Melbourne – amazing, considering not an AFL colour could be seen. It was obvious this march was going to be big, and it was.  As more people squeezed in at each stop, a young teen was overheard asking, “Where are all these people going? I catch this train through the week to go to school, and it’s never this busy.” I was tempted to ask her if she worked in a coffee shop and relied on penalty rates; if so I’d  tell her we were all going to […]

Labor voter @jenoutwest turns Green in Lalor

By Jenny Bates  @jenoutwest 3 September, 2013 The journey is almost over, and my mission to better understand Lalor candidates has proven to be mission impossible. I naively believed the candidates would be keen to answer questions from any local. My first plan of attack was to ask our retiring MP, former prime minister Julia Gillard if she would write a small piece on why I should vote for the ALP, considering recent events. Stage two would be to interview the new Labor candidate. However, this approach was sunk when Julia Gillard’s office ignored my email. I rang her office and was politely, but firmly, told she was not doing any interviews. […]

Favoured Liberal in marginal La Trobe avoids public forum, as first shots fired in campaign for Julia Gillard’s old seat of Lalor

By Jenny Bates in Lalor and Michelle Slater in La Trobe August 13 Liberal candidate for  the marginal outer-Melbourne seat of La Trobe Jason Wood has declined to attend a public meet-the-candidates forum about education, saying he does not want to attend a single-issue forum. The forum, to be held on Thursday at Emerald Secondary College, will focus on education issues in the marginal seat. Labor MP Laura Smythe’s office organised the event. In an email obtained by No Fibs, Mr Wood told Ms Smythe’s office: “I will not be attending the forum. When the election is called, we will have a debate on all issues.” Mr Wood told No Fibs, […]

Lalor, @juliagillard seat: @jenoutwest reports

Lalor Seat Profile View Larger Map By Jenny Bates 27 July, 2013 Melbourne’s outer western suburbs of Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Point Cook, Little River, Werribee South, Wyndham Vale, and parts of Altona Meadows are just some of the areas belonging to the federal seat of Lalor, soon to be vacated by Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard. Wyndham City is the local council, with the principal areas of population at Werribee and Hoppers Crossing, although there is substantial growth in Tarneit, Point Cook, Truganina and Wyndham Vale, as well as the newest suburb Williams Landing. Werribee South is home to one of the most significant market garden regions […]